India polls: Voters in Mumbai angered over inability to vote due to voting-list irregularities
Published on Apr 25, 2014 9:55 PM
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Angry voters in India's financial capital of Mumbai turned to lawyers and social media on Friday to vent anger at the election authorities, a day after thousands were reportedly unable to cast ballots due to irregularities in the voting lists.
Mumbai voters were among the 180 million people who were registered to vote in the sixth phase of India's mammoth general election on Thursday, but many were unable to cast ballots when their names were not found on the electoral lists. "I went to the booth and they could not find my name... it was disappointing, we've all been building up to this," said Mumbai resident Govindraj Ethiraj, adding that up to 20 people at his polling station had the same problem.
Mr Ethiraj said he had voted at the booth in the last three elections without any problem.
The problem also affected some well-known Mumbai residents including Mr Deepak Parekh, chairman of HDFC, one of India's biggest mortgage lenders, he told the media.
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